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Angela's Struggle with M.E./ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

by Angela
(England)

I was finally diagnosed with having M.E. / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in January of 2006. For years and years it was a desperate struggle to be heard. Now, relieved of the torture of not knowing what was wrong with me, I feel a massive burden lifted from this battered body.


I knew deep down it was something slowly eating away at me. I've had years of going back and forth to the doctor, yet I have continually returned home without a diagnosis. I felt as if I was left alone - a lonely fight for survival...


During the last 10 years I have fought an ongoing battle within my body until finally enough was enough, and my body just crashed. I couldn't get up again.


I'm still unsure what caused the off set of the M.E./ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Could it have been the damage to my neck, after an accident? Could it have been the loss of my baby during pregnancy? Or could it have been all of those things combined, including a stressful relationship?


I guess I will never really know, but one thing I do know is that I've always been a fighter. It's taken almost two years to finally be able to walk on my own again. Being bedridden and completely reliant on others is a scary place to be in.


So my advice to other M.E. / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers is this...


Don't ignore your body and don't try to fight it alone.


Get a diagnosis as soon as possible and if you don't succeed the first time, just keep going until you get one. Through all of this I found that I wasn't alone after all. Sleepydust has brought me hope, comfort and the strength to carry on during the most toughest years of my life.

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Angela's Struggle with M.E./ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diagnosis
by: annie uk

Hi Angela

I struggled for years to get a doctor to discover what was wrong with me. When my usual GP was on holiday I decided to try another doctor - a female GP.

I wrote down all the symptoms that I had been suffering for years: The sudden surges of energy, followed by complete physical and mental collapse and nights of disturbed sleep and weird dreams. When I went to see her a few days later, she looked at me and asked, 'Have you heard of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?'

Well, of course I had, and it is something that even I had suspected. But I was only a simple patient. So just knowing that there really was something wrong with me was a help in itself. Mind you, I am still struggling - but in the knowledge that I have my doctor 'on my side'!

Well Done Angela !
by: Wendy D

Hi Angela

I am a friend of yours and everyone who knows you - loves you and is there for you.

How you have held it together for so long with this illness never ceases to amaze me. You are an inspiration to everyone out there with M.E. Keep on working through this - you have an inner strength to be proud of and I wish you love and healing xxx

Your best friend Wendy xxx

Always thinking of others
by: Jo

I admire how you pick yourself up and always hope tomorrow will be better. Sometimes it is and we hope you have snapped out of it! But of course it rear's it's ugly head and is back with avengence.Yet somehow you always have time for people around you. You are a star. x

You're Right - Don't Fight It Alone...
by: Sleepydust

M.E. / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be such an isolating illness to live with can't it?

Thanks so much, Angela for sharing your story. I agree with you - it's so important to listen to your body when you have M.E. / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. And finding support is also important. You really don't have to go through this alone.

For those who have M.E. / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia, you are more than welcome to get your free copy of the Sleepydust Ezine here...

Thanks again Angela for sharing your experiences. I'm so glad you've found comfort in Sleepydust. I wish you well and hope your recovery comes soon,

Claire
Sleepydust

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